|Sir||Washington Feby. 3rd. 1806|
I am sorry to trouble you on a trifling occasion. I applied to the president for permission to put a couple of mares to the Barbary horse sent over by the Bey of Tunis. On Saturday he told me I might send the mares whenever I pleased provided I would agree to be answerable to the government for the payment of the price he should cover at the ensuing season. I sent the mares this morning--but the groom refused to put the horse to them without an order. That order I presume must come from you. With much respect I am Sir Yours,
DLC: Papers of James Madison.